Scenic and 4WD Drives near our Station
16 Feb 2022
The mountainous terrain of the Flinders Ranges draws thrillseekers from around the world to have a crack at some off road driving. Rawnsley Park is surrounded by adventurous off-road tracks, and stunning scenic drives; as well as having two tracks of our own on our property.
Rawnsley Park recommends you check with our reception staff, or the DPTI website for road conditions before attempting any of these drives. Make sure you have enough fuel, water and food before embarking on your journey.
Rawnsley Park’s Arkapena 4WD Track
Explore neighbouring Arkapena Station from the comfort of your own vehicle. You’ll get to explore picturesque station tracks, creek-beds, fences and views of the pristine Chace and ABC Ranges.
Follow our handy guide and discover historical sights like the Old Dog Fence from the 1800s; all the way to Ediacaran fossils from between 542 and 635 million years ago.
Difficulty Level: Not for first-time 4WD drivers
Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours
Cost per vehicle: $50 (plus $10 refundable key deposit) $60 from 1st April 2021 from Rawnsley Reception
Moralana Scenic Drive
The Moralana Scenic Drive takes you through Arkaba Station and Merna Mora Station country; and is between the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. This drive has amazing views of the Wilpena Pound Landscape, and is usually teaming with native flora and fauna.
About 15km along the drive, look for a signpost to Black Gap Lookout. A short 2 km drive will take you to this lookout with views of Wilpena’s rugged rim to the north, and the Red and Elder Ranges to the south. A picturesque little gorge lies below the lookout and is a wonderful place for a picnic lunch. You may also see steel posts or star dropper markers here which mark part of the Heysen Trail.
Difficulty Level: Good for most types of vehicles and drivers
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Cost per vehicle: No cost
Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges
Located in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, the Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges are the epitome of the Flinders Ranges landscape. The drive lets you explore valleys and riverbeds, and view ancient cliffs and caves.
Bunyeroo Gorge is home to the iconic Razorback Lookout; with spectacular views South towards the Pound Range, and a view of the Razorback Road leading down into Bunyeroo Valley.
Brachina Gorge is the location of the “Corridor of Time”, a geological trail showcasing the ancient fossils and geology of the Ranges stretching back to approximately 600 million years ago. The trail is signposted well, with explanations of the sights and fossils you can come across during the drive. Brachina Gorge is also home to Australia’s largest population of wild Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies. They love to hang out around the rocky outcrops and bask in the afternoon sun.
Difficulty Level: Good for vehicles with high clearance
Duration: Approx. 4 hours
Cost per vehicle: $12 from Wilpena Visitor Centre or online